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The Specialist (Men Out of Uniform #2)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  321 ratings  ·  12 reviews
When you're this good, they call you The Specialist, and Major Brian Payne is that good. Whether it's in battle or in the bedroom, there's nobody more "detail oriented." And that's the reason he's on this wild-goose chase, to find a priceless military antique--before the competition does. He's sure he can handle it... until he discovers the competition is smart, saucy Emma ...more
Paperback, Harlequin Blaze #277, 242 pages
Published September 2006 by Harlequin
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I loved this book!

Brian Payne aka former Major Payne - haha, pun intended - hadn't been nicknamed The Specialist for nothing: he excelled in everything he did and never failed on any mission assigned to him - even though he still felt guilty about that one mission where one of his Army buddies ended up dead, that hadn't been his fault. Emma Langsford was also a former military, who was known for being ruthless and successful in all her missions. When those two were pitted against each other in w
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GIFs ahead!

A dueling search for a pocket watch once owned by General Robert E. Lee brings Major Brian Payne, "The Specialist," and ex-Army hottie Emma Langsford together at a cozy Gettysburg Inn. Emma's in it for the money. Payne's in it because he owes a favor to the guy who got him out of the military. Both will stop at nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING - short of sex, that is - to best the other in this battle of wits. Too bad Payne's got a gigantic Specialist in his pants that makes him vulnerable
Feb 16, 2012 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars
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4 1/2 Stars! ~ Ex-Ranger Brian Payne earned his nickname The Specialist because he was very good in everything he did. And his detail oriented approach to command had made his men fully understand just what a Major Payne he could truly be. General Garrett has need for Payne’s well-honed abilities and has decided it’s time to call in his favour. Payne’s not pleased with his assignment but he’s never gone back on his word and it will be a relief to have this last hold over him finally lifted. It’s ...more
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i read the first book of this series - the player - and enjoyed it. so i made the error of reading the three books one after another (is there more then three in the series? beats me - i'm not going further).

this is one of those rare situations that reading one of a series as a standalone makes it far more enjoyable then reading the whole series. why? because.they're.exactly.the.same. i understand there should be ties between stories to hold them into a series. b
This was a lot better than I thought it would be. I had initially been excited but that was dashed as the initial setup talked about the Confederacy and getting Lee memorabilia, just so not what I wanted to read about and almost a deal breaker. Luckily that ended after that initial setup and I really enjoyed the rest. Emma and Payne were great with Emma trying to constantly outsmart Payne and doing it most of the time.

This is a 3.5 stars for me but almost a full 4 stars. I'd change the beginning
A fun, quick read on the airplane between Dallas and LAX. Brian Payne is known as the Specialist, the person who can get anything done. He becomes a pawn in a wager between two generals in a race to discover the whereabouts of a missing pocket watch supposedly owned by Robert E. Lee's father. Payne's competition is Emma Langsford, who needs the prize money to get her family out of debt after the death of her father to cancer. The competition between the two as they scour the antique malls of Get ...more
Emma and Payne were great together. A strong heroine who matches the hero. Emma says that she's not ruthless but her first act when she decides to become ruthless, she wen a little too far with.

The misunderstanding worked really well and his words to Emma during that time were nicely written. There's a lot of inner thoughts or description, not as much dialogue. You can skip some of it.
Barely two stars and it's only because Emma rocks. Payne is too much of a pain for me even care. Macho and bully. No matter how handsome he's not appealing at all. The story is one long cliché and doesn't really matter. Too bad Emma despite her violet eyes (I did say it was one long cliché) couldn't have a lead male character worthy of her.
What a fun read! compelling characters, a fun plot, and good motivation through the whole book. ITs part of a series, but the other characters didn't leave me confused or wondering what it was about. I think I'll add the others in this series to my list.
Picked this one up because of the hottie on the cover!
Remember this being my first Rhonda Nelson and got me hooked onto her blazingly hot romances ^_^
Loved this one though I don't remember much about it now.
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3.5 stars, good quick read
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